This letter notifies local housing authorities of changes to the housing eligibility regulations which came into force on 31 March 2014.
The Allocation of Housing and Homelessness (Eligibility) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/435) were laid on 5 March and came into force on 31 March 2014.
The regulations amend the Allocation of Housing and Homelessness (Eligibility) (England) Regulations 2006 to provide that certain Afghan nationals, granted leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom under paragraph 276BA1 of the Immigration Rules, are eligible for social housing and homelessness assistance provided they meet the habitual residence test. They also make minor changes to the 2006 regulations in order to remove a number of redundant and outdated provisions which dis-apply the habitual residence test for certain persons from abroad.
The department wrote to chief housing officers about the amending regulations on 5 March 2014.
The department previously wrote to chief housing officers about changes to the housing eligibility regulations on 14 June 2013.